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Drivers turning Mopac Express lanes into 'slow-pac' lanes

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Some users of the Mopac Express Lanes are not quite clear on the concept of "express"

That's according to Regional Mobility Authority President Mike Heilegenstein.  He says there are drivers who get in the express lanes and don't go fast enough. "And they get in there and they go 30 miles an hour because they're kind of unsure of it." He chuckles. "30 miles an hour isn't what it's about. It's about a 60 mile-an-hour lane, right?"

Heilgenstein says it's becoming a problem and that's not good for those who get it. "You're paying to be expressed, and you're paying for a travel experience that gets you somewhere as quickly as possible. And so we're struggling with some issues regarding minimum speeds."

Heilegenstein explains one issue is distracted driving. "I had a story from the road the other day. Somebody told me 'yeah, I got behind somebody and they were doing something in the mirror and on their phone and going 35 miles an hour.' Well that person's like 'I didn't pay six bucks to get in that lane and do 35 miles an hour behind somebody that was distracted."

The mobility authority is considering posting minimum speed signage on the Mopac Express lanes.

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